On behalf of Alla:
Dear Hawk, I really hope it’s not too late to address one topic during Tom’s interview - transitioning into UX field. I’m Tom’s huge fan, own the book, own the video… he’s fantastic. After observing of a strong tendency of teams to become self-organized communities, I took sabbatical from the enterprise where I managed front-end development teams, and I studied User Experience (subscriptions, meetups, conferences, NYU, got certified). It’s a tough call to find a UX job without a strong personal UX portfolio. There is no way back, UX is my thing and a long time passion.
What would Tom’s advice be on UX best practices to get into UX field if all that most hiring managers care for - having 3-5 years of experience and a personal strong portfolio.
Thank you so much! - Alla